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Talking Fashion with Celebrity Designer Maria Harper
This spring Maria launched her new Women’s wear line “Pink Glam”. This line was birthed from the idea that women need classic fashions that are available to them in any and every basic silhouette & color that will never be thrown out of the closet! Pieces that can be worn in any season and with endless options to accessorize (and layer with other pieces you already own), for a different look every time! Pink Glam is constructed using classic yet modern designs, high-end quality stretch fabrics, and is available in a variety of sizes & solid colors.
Since its launch, Pink Glam has been worn by some of your favorite celebrity entertainers: Fantasia Barrino, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Tamela Mann, KeKe Wyatt, Gladys Knight, & Demetria McKinney.
For those that aren’t familiar with you; Tell us who is Maria Harper?
I am a woman who loves and trust God. I am passionate about people and especially children, because they are our future. I love fashion design, it is my passion and I wouldn’t have chosen any other career. Most of my designs come to me in my dreams; therefore it is a thrill to see them come to life. Once I see the designs in my mind, it grows as I start putting the designs together.
What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion is everything. If a person looks great they feel great about themselves. I enjoy creating designs that can express a personal style, giving a person that extra boost of confidence they may need to take on the world.
What was the first article of clothing you ever designed?
I remember it like it was yesterday, I made a jumper dress with a blouse for myself at age 8, with the assistance of my mother who taught me how to sew, of course.
What are some of your accomplishments as a designer?
I have had the pleasure of working with many celebrities across the country on several personal, film, TV, theater, & film projects; creating everything from clothing to interiors to costumes (including the shocking bird costume worn by CeeLo Green for the Grammy’s in 2011). Many people are surprised to know that my brand has grown significantly without advertising; projects that have come my way have been solely based on word-of-mouth, which is, I think, a great accomplishment!
Who are some of the celebrities you have designed for and tell us how you feel when you see them wearing one of your designs, whether it be on the Red Carpet or at other prestigious events?
Some of the wonderful clients that I have had the honor to work with are Tamela Mann, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia Barrino, & CeeLo Green to name a small few. I still get emotional when I see something I’ve done at an event. First of all, I still can’t believe it’s & second of all it makes me feel great that THEY feel great about the way they look; and to know that they trusted me to get the job done for such important appearances means the world to me.
Who are some of your favorite designers that inspired you and why?
My favorite designers are Vera Wang and Versace. Their eye for detail and creativity are inspiring.
Do you prefer sketching designs or actually constructing them?
I prefer to construct the design as it is mapped out in my mind. I like to do sketching when working with a client one on one.
What advice do you have for aspiring fashion designers?
If it is your craft of choice, stay focused and never worry about the judgment of others when you are creating.
How do you define your personal style and what your designs exemplifies?
My personal style would be categorized as “Classy, Chic, & Timeless”. You can never go wrong with a Maria Harper design, because they never go out of style.
Where can readers view and purchase your designs?
They can check out my websites at:
And for updated news visit: www.facebook.com/mariaharperdesigns